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Celebrating its 151st Anniversary of lighting the way on the Pacific Coast in 2021 the Point Arena Lighthouse stands as an iconic figure on the landscape of the American Pacific Coast. No other lighthouse offers such a fully interactive experience in the exchange between history, science and natural beauty. Sometimes brilliantly sunny, other times fog-shrouded and mysterious, always ruggedly beautiful, the lighthouse is a place to find something different, a place where the romance is real and the experience is profound. Surrounded by water on three sides, and shouldered adjacent to the Point Arena-Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument, the Point Arena Lighthouse is the premiere visitor destination in Mendocino County. It is also one of the best whale watching spots on the North Coast, with the annual Gray Whale migration from late November through May, Humpbacks throughout the year, the occasional pod of transient Killer Whales and even Blue Whales.  Watch for the spouts, tails and breaches from the bluffs, trails and gazebo.  

Our Mission Statement

To maintain in perpetuity, the historic Point Arena Light Station – including the 23 coastal acres it encompasses, its 115 ft. Lighthouse Tower and its 1896 Fog Signal Building – for the inspiration, education and the enjoyment of all generations to come.

The Reason The Light Will Always Be On

Visitors often ask “why do we still have lighthouses in this day and age of GPS, satellite navigation, maritime electronics and the like?”  The best answer we can give is this amazing voicemail we received in March 2017 from a long time mariner that got home safely because of our light.  We will ALWAYS have the light shining brightly – we’re a Lighthouse and that’s why we’re here!

Light Station is OPEN!

Tasi the Lighthouse Dog

Arena Mina, the Lighthouse Cat

The Light Station Store, Fog Signal Building Museum and Outdoor Museum are once again open to the public! We do require masks be worn when guests are inside the Light Station Store and Fog Signal Building Museum for the health and safety of all of our guests and employees.  Our seven vacation cottages are still available for rent as well.  The Lighthouse Tower will remain closed to tours for the foreseeable future.

Please note that the Light Station will be closed to the public on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 and Thursday, December 16, 2021 for a private special event. 

We are deeply grateful for the many generous donations we received during the first closure between March and June and the people that became Lifetime Members to help support us.  You can make donations to help the 151 year old Light Station keep the light shining for generations to come!

Please cooperate with all County, State and Federal orders during this unprecedented crisis, wear facial coverings, be safe, use common sense, don’t hoard food and toilet paper, keep the 6′ social distance and be good to each other. Most of all, bring that positive coastal attitude and sense of humor to bear as much as you can!

Mark D. Hancock
Executive Director

The Light Station is Hiring!

We are looking for people to join the best place to work on the coast!  We need a full time Lodging Associate and a part time Light Station Store & Tour Associate.  Check our Employment Opportunities page for details!

Lighthouse Tower & Museum Virtual Tours

Since people can’t climb the tallest Lighthouse on the Pacific coast during the COVID-19 shutdown our ace 360 degree photographer Mike Chandler created an amazing 360 degree tour of the Tower from the ground floor to the Lantern Room at the top.  He also created 360 degree tours of the Indoor Museum and one that combines both the Indoor Museum and the Tower.  Click on the Tower image to the left to go to the Lighthouse Tour page and view these amazing video creations.  Our thanks to Mike for creating this unique way for you to virtually explore the Light Station’s most iconic structures!

The United States Lighthouse Society coordinated a Zoom presentation where Point Arena Lighthouse Executive Director Mark Hancock gave a virtual tour of the historic Point Arena Light Station’s Indoor Museum and iconic Lighthouse Tower.   This virtual tour is made possible by the amazing 360 degree camera work of Michael Chandler of Third Eye Visuals, who “drove” the tour while Mark presented the fascinating history and technology of the Point Arena Light Station.  You can view the YouTube video of this virtual tour by clicking on the image to the right.

The Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers, Inc. (PALKI) is pleased to announce the winner of the 150th Anniversary logo contest, local artist Drew Fagan.  Drew’s winning design was one of five designs he submitted and was selected from the 26 individual logo designs submitted by 10 local artists.  All the submitted designs are on display in the Whale Watch Room of the Fog Signal Building.  PALKI is deeply grateful to the artists that submitted designs.  We currently offer pins, patches and T-shirts featuring Drew’s design in our Light Station Store.

Sunset magazine puts the Keeper’s Apartment on its Top 10 Unique Vacation Rentals in the West!

SFGATE, the internet site of the San Francisco Chronicle, featured the Point Arena Lighthouse’s Keeper’s Apartment in its list of Top 10 Unique Vacation Rentals in the West.  Check out ALL of our unique vacation cottages and come stay at the Lighthouse!